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Equity and Enhanced Individual and Community Resilience Are Integral to a Meaningful Recovery

The pandemic has made clear that previous approaches to recovery, with a focus on returning to the pre-crisis state, are insufficient and will not lead to enhanced resilience. Any intention of returning to the pre-crisis state of 2019 binds us to deeper inequities and unnecessary vulnerabilities when future crises hit. The only meaningful recovery from the pandemic will be one based on ensuring the entire population has an equitable opportunity for improved health and well-being — one that promotes and sustains enhanced resilience for all—far above the level we knew in 2019.

Reaching Kids Where They Are — Classroom-Based Interventions to Increase Physical Activity

By Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH, director of the Community Guide Office, Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In this post, the author describes recommendations from the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) for classroom- and school-based interventions to increase physical activity...

Reflections on the 2020–2021 PCSFN Science Board

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

The 2020–2021 Science Board was recruited to support the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition in its understanding of the science of youth sports as part of the implementation of the National Youth Sports Strategy. When we began our work in January 2020, we had no idea that the youth sports system would undergo such disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This interruption brought the disparities in youth sports access and participation into the spotlight, underscoring the importance of working toward the National Youth Sports Strategy vision: that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports.

Check Out the New Consumer-Friendly Handouts Based on the Dietary Guidelines!

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has added 5 new consumer-friendly handouts based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 to our Toolkit for Professionals. The new handouts take a life stage approach and reflect the science-based nutrition guidance in the current edition of the Dietary Guidelines.